Kansas Republicans introduce congressional map that divides part of WyCo from JoCo

Kansas redistricting

Senate President Ty Masterson introduces a proposed new map for congressional districts during a redistricting meeting Tuesday in the Statehouse in Topeka. He says the four U.S. representatives would retain their seats in the new boundaries based on 2020 election results. Photo credit Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector.

By Tim Carpenter and Sherman Smith

Republicans in the Kansas Senate and House unveiled a new congressional map Tuesday that would slice the Kansas City metro area in half and move Lawrence into the deeply conservative district that stretches to the Colorado border.

Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Andover, defended the new boundaries, which would weaken Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ chances of re-election, over objections by Democrats who accused Republicans of gerrymandering.